North Korean Mock-Up Birthday Video Shows Missiles Blowing up US
North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the audience and smiles from current leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea's state television aired footage of a choral performance attended by Kim Jong Un, the elder Kim's grandson, on Sunday, a day after a huge military parade in Pyongyang, which also marked the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung.
The video ended with a picture of the American flag in flames, overlapping row after row of white crosses in a cemetery.
State TV footage showed leader Kim smiling and waving in return.
"The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance," KCNA said.
North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine.
During Saturday's military parade, it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles. And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew international condemnation.
US Vice President Mike Pence, on a trip to Asia, has repeatedly warned that the "era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over and on Wednesday said it would meet any attack with an "overwhelming response".
(Published in an arrangement with Reuters.)